In Honor of Dan the Man

In loving memory of Daniel Mowoe Opuama (17 September 1963–23 February 2016)

He was a man for whom giving the shirt off his back was more than just an expression;

For those of us who took his shirts,

today, we are reduced.

He was prudent with his words, gruff in his expression, but celestial in his delights;

For those of us who basked in the true sunshine of his smile,

today, we are reduced.

He was a man who was slow to engage but entire in his commitments;

For those of us that earned his attentions,

today, we are reduced.

He was a man for whom kindness was a philosophy, not confined to convenience;

For those of us that enjoyed his generosity,

today, we are reduced.

We all are blessed with gifts in varying degrees to influence human life;

Some touch lives in millions,

some in thousands,

some in single digits.

The value is equal among these gifts,

whatever the number they enable us to affect… so long as we exercise them to the fullest of our abilities.

For we that Dan bestowed his gifts upon- loyalty, friendship, strength, love, love, love-

whatever our number may be- his value was beyond measure,

and today we are reduced.

Yet, despite our sense of loss,

despite any and all markers of his time on this earth,

known and acknowledged,

ignored or unremarked,

he is entirely accomplished.

He has done enough.

Now, he is pressing on.

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5 thoughts on “In Honor of Dan the Man”

  1. This is a great write up for a great man. The poetry here is fluid and expressive. Intricate in its descriptive power, yet replete with reading pleasure-ability and impact. My only disappointment is not ever meeting him. Soar on sir!

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